|Eleven Bears Earn All-SAC Honors|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:29|
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, fresh off its third straight league championship, had 11 players garner 2013 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, officials announced today.
Of the 11 players, eight Bears picked up first-team all-conference accolades including senior defensive back Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.). Green was named the SAC Defensive Player Of The Year.
Green, a three-time all-league honoree, leads the conference in interceptions with seven to go along with 64 tackles. Green returned two of those picks for scores this year and is currently the school's all-time leader in interception return yards (374) and punt return yards (853).
Senior defensive back Myer Nolan (Atlanta, Ga.), junior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and junior defensive lineman Blake Baker (Bethlehem, N.C.) were all named to the All-SAC First Team Defense as well.
Nolan is second on the team in takedowns with 78 while Botts is first on the squad in tackles for the second straight year with 104 in addition to three forced fumbles. Both Nolan and Botts were named to the all-league first team for the second straight year.
Baker is first in the South Atlantic Conference in quarterback sacks with 10.5 in addition to 39 tackles including 16.5 for a loss.
On offense, junior halfback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.), senior offensive lineman Zack Bunn (Lucama, N.C.) and sophomore offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) were all named to the all-conference first team.
Spears, a 2012 First-Team All-SAC honoree as well, is second on the squad in rushing yards with 711 to go along with a 9.6 yards-per-carry average and six touchdowns. Spears has nine total scores and leads the team in all-purpose yards (1,446).
Both Bunn and Ray spearhead an offensive line that helped Lenoir-Rhyne rank No. 1 in NCAA Division II in rushing yards at 376.9 per game. Ray was also named the 2013 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference. An L-R player has now won the award for four straight seasons.
Senior placekicker Zach Neumann (Mechanicsville, Md.) was named to the All-SAC First Team as well. Neumann leads the team in points scored with 82 and has connected on 46-of-49 point-after-attempts and 12-of-15 field goals. Neumann earned all-league honors for the second straight season.
The following Lenoir-Rhyne players were named to the 2013 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team: junior fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.), senior defensive lineman Jimmy Long (Gainesville, Va.) and junior defensive back O'neil Blake (Kissimmee, Fla.).
Whitaker is third on the team in rushing with 704 yards and has scored eight touchdowns while garnering all-league laurels for the third straight season.
Long has 55 tackles, 6.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries this year while Blake has 50 takedowns, seven pass break-ups and two interceptions in 2013.
Mike Houston was named the 2013 SAC Coach Of The Year for the third straight season while linebacker Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) was named the league defensive freshman of the year. Singleton has 49 tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks and an interception this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1) has won 10 straight games and earned the top seed in Super Region II. L-R will host the winner of Carson-Newman (9-2) and Newberry (9-2) on Saturday, November 30, at Noon in an NCAA Division II Second Round Playoff game.
2013 All-South Atlantic Conference
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
Running Back - Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
Running Back - Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
Running Back - Jarrod Spears, Lenoir-Rhyne
Wide Receiver - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver - Corey Washington, Newberry
Wide Receiver - Justin Houston, Tusculum
Offensive Line - Denzell Goode, Mars Hill
Offensive Line - Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Line - Jamal Ellis, Newberry
Offensive Line - Zack Bunn, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tight End - Wesley Powell, Tusculum
Long Snapper - Austin Crook, Newberry
Punter - Kyle Clark, Newberry
Placekicker - Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman AND Zach Neumann, Lenoir-Rhyne
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Line - Blake Baker, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Line - Troy Harris, Mars Hill
Defensive Line - Letavious Williams, Newberry
Defensive Line - Javaris Neal, Carson-Newman
Linebacker - Sammy Siasia, Mars Hill
Linebacker - Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker - Jaycob Coleman, Carson-Newman
Linebacker - Edmond Robinson, Newberry
Defensive Back - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back - L.J. McCray, Catawba
Defensive Back - Myer Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back - David Davis, Newberry
Return Specialist - L.J. McCray, Catawba
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Robbie Nallenweg, Wingate AND W.T. Murden, Newberry
Running Back - Isaiah Whitaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
Running Back - Kelvin Jeter, Brevard
Running Back - Tyron Douglas, Carson-Newman
Wide Receiver - Nate Charest, Catawba
Wide Receiver - Jordan Berry, Wingate
Wide Receiver - Deon Hicks, Tusculum
Offensive Line - Lucas Mathis, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line - Will Poteat, Wingate
Offensive Line - David Davis, Tusculum
Offensive Line - Nick Allison, Mars Hill
Offensive Line - Landon Martin, Newberry AND Taylor Fender, Catawba
Tight End - Brandon Ellington, Wingate
Long Snapper - Alex Taylor, Carson-Newman
Punter - Austin Anthony, Wingate
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Line - Jimmy Long, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Line - Nick Napolitano, Wingate
Defensive Line - Jonathan Jean, Catawba
Defensive Line - Josh Davis, Tusculum
Linebacker - Brian Alexander, Tusculum
Linebacker - Michael Gruber, Brevard
Linebacker - Jason Taylor, Catawba
Linebacker - B.J. Mazyck, Newberry
Defensive Back - Eien Jacob, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back - O'neil Blake, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back - Jacob McCleery, Brevard
Defensive Back - Jon Jimenez, Wingate
Return Specialist - Jason Livingston, Newberry
Offensive Freshman Of The Year - Trent Miller, Mars Hill
Defensive Freshman Of The Year - Rodney Singleton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Player Of The Year - Bo Cordell, Tusculum
Defensive Player Of The Year - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jacobs Blocking Trophy - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach Of The Year - Mike Houston, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS
Rushing Yards per Game - Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill (125.4)
Passing Yards per Game - Bo Cordell, Tusculum (356.4)
Total Offense per Game - Bo Cordell, Tusculum (365.1)
Receptions per Game - Justin Houston, Tusculum (11.0)
Receiving Yards per Game - Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill (144.6)
All-Purpose Yards per Game - Justin Houston, Tusculum (191.4)
Pass Efficiency Rating - W.T. Murden, Newberry (151.8)
Punt Return Average - Jason Livingston, Newberry (12.2)
Kick Return Average - Tim Nalesnik, Wingate (27.3)
Punting Average - Kyle Clark, Newberry (39.0)
Scoring Average (TDs) - De'Andre Thomas, Carson-Newman (8.73)
Scoring Average (Kicking) - Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman (8.55)
Field Goals per Game - Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman (1.27)
Field Goal Percentage - Patrick Smith, Wingate/Victor Yurco, Mars Hill (.860)
Tackles per Game - Sammy Siasia, Mars Hill (14.1)
Sacks per Game - Blake Baker, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.95)
Tackles for Loss per Game - Troy Harris, Mars Hill (1.86)
Interceptions per Game - Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.64)
Scoring Offense - Carson-Newman (39.3)
Scoring Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne (13.8)
Passing Offense - Tusculum (365.3)
Passing Defense - Newberry (200.9)
Rushing Offense - Lenoir-Rhyne (376.9)
Rushing Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne (85.9)
Total Offense - Carson-Newman (487.2)
Total Defense - Lenoir-Rhyne (307.6)
Photo Courtesy: Mike Houston, L-R Athletics
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